NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English Honeydew Chapter 2

NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English Honeydew Chapter 2 The Tsunami and the poem 2 Geography Lesson. Answers of true false given in comprehension check, question answers of comprehension check and chapter end exercises, working with the text and working with the poem and all other grammar portion based on chapter 2 of grade 8 English.

Class 8 English Honeydew Chapter 2 Question Answers

Class: 8English (Honeydew)
Chapter: 2The Tsunami
Contents:NCERT Solutions and Notes

Comprehension Check on Page 27

Say whether the following are true or false.

Ignesious lost his wife, two children, his father-in-law, and his brother-in-law in the tsunami.


Sanjeev made it to safety after the tsunami.


Meghna was saved by a relief helicopter.


Almas’s father realised that a tsunami was going to hit the island.


Her mother and aunts were washed away with the tree that they were holding on to.


Comprehension Check on Page 28

Answer the following in a phrase or sentence.

Why did Tilly’s family come to Thailand?

Tilly’s family had come to Thailand for celebrating Christmas.

What were the warning signs that both Tilly and her mother saw?

Both of them saw the sea rise and how it started foaming and forming whirlpools.

Do you think Tilly’s mother was alarmed by them?

No, Tilly’s mother was not alarmed by them.

Where had Tilly seen the sea behaving in the same strange fashion?

Tilly had seen the sea behaving in a strange way in a video.

Where did the Smith family and the others on the beach go to escape from the tsunami?

The Smith family and the others on the beach went to the third floor of the hotel to save themselves from the Tsunami.

How do you think her geography teacher felt when he heard about what Tilly had done in Phuket?

The geography teacher felt proud and was very pleased and satisfied when he came to know what Tilly had done in Phuket.

Comprehension Check on Page 30

Answer using a phrase or a sentence.

In the tsunami 150,000 people died. How many animals died?

During Tsunami very few animals had died.

How many people and animals died in Yala National Park?

Sixty visitors and two animals died in the park.

What do people say about the elephants of Yala National Park?

People said that the elephants ran from the beach an hour before the Tsunami had hit the coast.

What did the dogs in Galle do?

The dogs in Galle were reluctant to go to the beach for their daily exercise. So they refused to move and go there.

Working with the Text

Discuss the following questions in class. Then write your own answers.

Question 1:
When he felt the earthquake, do you think Ignesious immediately worried about a Tsunami? Give reasons for your answer. Which sentence in the text tells you that the Ignesious family did not have any time to discuss and plan their course of action after the tsunami struck?
Answer 1:
No, Ignesious did not think about the tsunami. He felt that it was just an earthquake. He removed the television from the table and put it on the ground. He and his family did not have ample time to discuss and plan the course of action which needed to be followed. The following sentence makes it clear that there was chaos and confusion. “…two of his children caught hold of the hands of their mother’s father and mother’s brother, and rushed in the opposite direction.”

Question 2:
Which words in the list below describe Sanjeev, in your opinion? (Look up the dictionary for words that you are not sure of.) cheerful, ambitious, brash, brave, careless, heroic, selfless, heartless, humorous
Use words from the list to complete the three sentences below.
(i) I don’t know if Sanjeev was cheerful, ___________ or ___________.
(ii) I think that he was very brave,___________ and___________.
(iii) Sanjeev was not heartless, ___________or___________.
Answer 2:
(i). humorous or careless.
(ii). heroic and selfless.
(iii). careless or brash.

How are Meghna and Almas’s stories similar?

Meghna and Almas-both were very lucky. Meghna had been carried away with her parents and other people during the Tsunami. But she survived on her own. She was washed on shore by a wave. Almas climbed to reach a log of wood. When Meghna opened her eyes, she found herself in a hospital located in Kamorta.

What are the different ways in which Tilly’s parents could have reacted to her behaviour? What would you have done if you were in their place?

Tilly was aware in advance about the danger of tsunami . She became agitated. Her parents didn’t ignore her. They were aware that something wrong was about to happen so they all left the beach and survived the Tsunami. If I were in place of Tilly’s parents, I might not have believed what she had told me. I might have got angry, scolded her for over reacting and creating chaos amongst everyone in such a situation.

If Tilly’s award was to be shared, who do you think she should share it with— her parents or her geography teacher?

It is very evident. Tilly’s award should have been shared with her geography teacher. Her parents alone would not have been able to guess that the tsunami was coming.

What are the two different ideas about why so few animals were killed in the tsunami? Which idea do you find more believable?

Very few animals were killed in the tsunami because they possess super senses which enable them to sense or feel the tremors much before human beings can. They were somehow aware that something bad or untoward was about to happen.
Secondly, as they can know in advance about the coming disaster, they can run away to safer places or higher ground away from the repercussions of the disasters. They can act fast in comparison to the human beings to get over the crisis.

Working with the Language

Question 1:
Go through Part-I carefully, and make a list of as many words as you can find that indicate movement of different kinds. (There is one word that occurs repeatedly-count how many times!) Put them into three categories. fast movement, slow movement, neither slow nor fast.
Can you explain why there are many words in one column and not in the others?
Answer 1:
There are more words in first column. These are related to fast movements of escape from the tsunami. It was natural for men and animals to make fast movements in such situation. The waves also overtook some people very fast and washed them away.

Fast movementSlow movementNeither slow nor fast
Rushed (3 times)RisingFloating
Swept away (3 times)Recede
Fall, washed away (1 time)
Working with the Poem
Find three or four phrases in stanzas one and two which are likely to occur in a geography lesson.

Some phrases that are likely to occur in a Geography lesson are “the city had developed the way it had”, “it scaled six inches to the mile”, “cities where the rivers ran”, and ‘the valleys were populated’.

Seen from the window of an aeroplane, the city appears (i) as haphazard as on ground. (ii) as neat as a map. (iii) as developed as necessary. Mark the right Answer.

(iii) as developed as necessary.

Which of the following statements are examples of “the logic of geography”? (i) There are cities where there are rivers. (ii) Cities appear as they are not from six miles above the ground. (iii) It is easy to understand why valleys are populated. (iv) It is difficult to understand why humans hate and kill one another. (v) The earth is round, and it has more sea than land.

(i), (iii) and (iv) are the correct statements.

Mention two things that are (i) clear from the height. (ii) not clear from the height.

(i) From the height, it was clear why a country has cities where there are rivers and why the valleys were thickly populated. It was also clear that the earth is oblate spherical and that it is covered more with water than land.
(ii) From the height, it was not clear why the men on the earth started hating each other. It was also not clear why men have built walls across cities and why they had to kill each other.

Reference to Context – 1

Thirteen-year-old Meghna has swept away along with her parents and seventy-seven other people. She spent two days floating in the sea, holding on to a wooden door. Eleven times she saw relief helicopters overhead, but they did not see her. She was brought to the shore by a wave and was found walking on the seashore in a daze.
Answer the following Questions:

    1. How has Meghna swept away?
    2. How did she manage to save herself?
    3. How many times did the helicopter miss her?
    4. What was unusual about her survival?
    5. Give the meaning of overhead as (adverb) and (noun).

Reference to Context – 2

Almas’s mother and aunts stood clinging to the leaves of a coconut tree, calling out to her. A wave uprooted the tree, and they too were washed away. Almas saw a log of wood floating. She climbed on to it. Then she fainted. When she woke up, she was in a hospital in Kamorta. From there she was brought to Port Blair.
Answer the following Questions:

    1. What did Almas’s mother and aunts do to save themselves?
    2. Were they able to save themselves?
    3. Change the verb into the noun of the following word ‘traumatize’.
    4. How did Almas reach Kamorta?
    5. What stopped her from discussing the incident?
Reference to Context – 3

Tilly saw the sea slowly rise, and start to foam, bubble, and form whirlpools. She remembered that she had seen this in class in a video of a tsunami that had hit the Hawaiian islands in 1946. Her geography teacher had shown her class the video and told them that tsunamis can be caused by earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides. Tilly started to scream at her family to get off the beach. “She talked about an earthquake under the sea. She got more and more hysterical,” said her mother Penny. “I didn’t know what a tsunami was. But seeing my daughter so frightened, I thought something serious must be going on.”
Answer the following Questions:

    1. What was unusual that Tilly observed?
    2. What was the video about?
    3. What were the reasons behind the occurrence of a Tsunami?
    4. Why did Tilly start screaming?
    5. Give the meaning of ‘hysterical’.

Answers of Reference to Context – 1
1. Meghna was swept away by high sea waves due to Tsunami.
2. Meghna holds on to a wooden door floating in the sea for two days. Relief helicopters even ignored her. It pushed her towards the shore. Thus she was saved.
3. The relief helicopter hovered over the sea about eleven times. Every time it missed her because
it couldn’t trace her.
4. She was swept away by higher waves. She survived two days floating in the sea by holding onto a wooden door. Rescue helicopters couldn’t save her. It was her destiny that pushed her towards the shore. She was found walking on the seashore in a daze.
5. (a) Overhead (adverb) – above the level of the head. (b) Overhead (noun) – an overhead cost or expense.

Answers of Reference to Context – 2
1. Almas’s mother and aunt stood clinging to a coconut tree. However, a rave uprooted the tree
and were washed away.
2. Almas’s mother and aunts tried to hold fast a coconut tree, which was uprooted leaving them in water.
3. Trauma.
4. Almas was making efforts to save herself. Then she climbed a log of wood and was fainted. She was taken to the hospital in Kamorta through some unknown source.
5. Almas was traumatised by the incident. She had faced tough times in Tsunami. So she was traumatized that stopped her from talking about the incident.

Answers of Reference to Context – 3
1. Tilly observed that the waves in the sea slowly rise and whirlpools were formed.
2. The video was about a tsunami that had hit the Hawaiian Island in 1946.
3. Tsunamis can be caused by earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides.
4. Tilly was aware of the impending disaster in the form of Tsunami as she had already observed a video in her classroom.
5. Hysterical – crying or shouting losing control over oneself.